Visit the Eastwood dental surgery where the health of your gums is equally important as the health of your teeth…
It is a common misconception that dentistry solely deals with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tooth-related problems. In reality, gums are just as important as your teeth in relation to your oral health. The gums are the soft tissue that skirts around the bottom of your teeth and frame your teeth when you smile. If your gums become irritated or infected, it can cause a variety of problems not only for your gums but also for your teeth and the entire health of your mouth. Should infection be left untreated it will require urgent professional intervention. But if it is caught in its early stages gum problems can be fixed quite easily with conscientious oral hygiene. Problems with your gum line are usually caused by lack of oral hygiene, hormonal changes, illness, medications, poor health habits such as smoking, drinking and poor diet. A simple visit to Dr Gerard Tang Dental Surgery is a trip to an Eastwood dental practice that is expert in dealing with these gum issues.
How can I tell if there is something wrong with my gums?
Sometimes symptoms of gum disease can be very hard to determine. Usually, in the nascent stages symptoms may go unnoticed, which is why regular examinations at your Eastwood dental practice are vital. Yet over time if you find that you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms this may well be a sign that you are experiencing gum disease:
- Gums bleeding when you brush your teeth or when you are eating
- Appear red and swollen
- Are quite tender to the touch
- Persistent bad breath
- Bad taste in your mouth
- Receding gum line (or the appearance of longer teeth)
- Formation of deep pockets between your teeth and your gums
- Shifting teeth
- Lose teeth (do not try to wiggle your teeth)
- Malocclusion (bite does not fit together properly
- Sensitive teeth
Gingivitis is a sign of gum disease in its early stages…
The earliest form of gum disease is commonly labelled gingivitis. It involves the inflammation of the gum line which usually appears red and swollen. If caught in its early stages gingivitis is easily reversible with conscientious oral hygiene and close attention to your diet. It may be caused by lack of oral hygiene or by food that has caused your gums to become irritated but this problem need not incur a further visits to your Eastwood dental practice unless it progresses to periodontitis. This is another reason why the dentists at Dr Gerard Tang Dental Surgery emphasise consistent and proper hygiene methods.
Periodontitis means that the gum is pulling away from the teeth due to infection…
If your gingivitis is left unattended, it can progress to an infection known as periodontitis or periodontal disease. This will need urgent attention from your Eastwood dental professional. Periodontitis causes the gum line to recede and pull away from the teeth creating pockets for plaque and bacteria to develop. This can allow the bacteria to reach below the visible teeth towards the roots which carry oxygen and blood from tooth to tooth. If the infection reaches the roots, then the tooth is at risk of becoming unstable. Periodontitis can cause a number of oral health problems and should be examined by a dental professional as soon as possible. At Dr Gerard Tang Dental Surgery, we offer patients who are suffering from severe gum problems such as periodontitis appropriate treatment to help seal the gum pockets and restore health to the gum line.